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Professor Marion Thain

Professor Marion Thain

  • Academics

Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Professor of Literature and Culture.

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Marion Thain began her career as a Junior Research Fellow at Cambridge University, and then worked in English departments at Russell Group universities in the UK as Junior Lecturer (Assistant Professor), Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) and then Reader (Full Professor, by research), before moving to New York University as a professor of Arts and Literature in the interdisciplinary global liberal arts (Liberal Studies), and Director of Digital Humanities for NYU. She returned to take up the position of Professor of English and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities in autumn 2018.

Research Interests and PhD Supervision

  • ‘Lyric’ poetry; poetics; visual arts; interdisciplinary aesthetics
  • Aestheticism, Decadence, and the Fin de Siècle;
  • Technology and the production of cultural knowledge.


Fields of teaching expertise include: modern poetry; aestheticism and late-Victorian literature and culture; literature, culture and technology.

Expertise and Public Engagement

Marion Thain is the academic lead for a public archive project with the Victorian Lives and Letters Consortium (the online diaries of ‘Michael Field’:, and is a board member for the following public online projects:

  • Advisory Board Member: Central Online Victorian Educator(open-access publishing of peer-reviewed scholarship), affiliated with the North American Victorian Studies Association. 2016-onwards.
  • Editorial board member for Volupté: an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed open-access journal of Decadence from antiquity to the present. 2017-onwards.

She is happy to speak with the media on issues related to the research interests listed above, and recently appeared on Radio 4 as part of the series ‘Public Indecency: Queer Art in Britain’.